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Company robs its workers

29 January 2005
MEMBERS OF the TGWU and Amicus unions lobbied parliament on Monday of this week in protest at their employer, US telecoms firm APW, robbing them of their pensions. Some 1,200 staff and pensioners have lost around 80 percent of their pensions after the company wound up its pension scheme.

Striking over holidays to win decent shifts

08 January 2005
IT’S 6am on New Year’s Eve morning in Longsight, Manchester, and three Amicus union members are stoking the picket brazier at the Alstom rail maintenance depot.

Pickets celebrate their 20-0 victory

18 December 2004
AROUND 130 Amicus and RMT union members at the Alstom Manchester Traincare depot in Longsight, Manchester, struck again on Friday of last week.

Make Jaguar demonstration a focus for city’s anger over attacks on jobs

13 November 2004
THE TGWU, Amicus and GMB unions have called a march and rally to save Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in Coventry.

In brief

13 November 2004
Strikers smoke out bosses SOME 400 members of the Amicus union at the British American Tobacco plant in Southampton went on strike on Wednesday of last week.


06 November 2004
THE AMICUS general union is seeing a damaging fight on the left.

Car workers

30 October 2004
THE TGWU and Amicus unions have called a march and rally on Saturday 27 November to save the Jaguar Browns Lane plant in Coventry from closure.

Welded together by solidarity

04 September 2004
SACKED STEEL erectors at the Wembley Stadium site returned to the picket lines after the bank holiday, boosted by the news that the Amicus union had announced its intention to declare the dispute official.

Now the union is the real thing

24 July 2004
COCA-COLA’S national force of field engineers have voted 90 percent in favour of union recognition with Amicus.

Retreat over call for Blair to resign

10 July 2004
THE AMICUS union held its section conferences last week. About 80 delegates from both blue and white collar sections attended the aerospace conference.

Health workers

03 July 2004
THE AMICUS union health section conference discussed the government’s Agenda for Change proposal on Monday of this week. This was the key debate at the conference.


10 June 2004
WORKERS IN the Amicus union at the NCR factory in Dundee are demanding a ballot for industrial action over a new pay and conditions package. Union officials are attempting to avoid a ballot. Angry members have twice overwhelmingly rejected a deal recommended by union officials at meetings. The US company has offered the 760 workers a 3.1 percent pay rise and a one-off payment of £350.

NHS Workers Pay fight grows

05 June 2004
OVER 200 health workers in the Unison and Amicus unions at Sunderland Royal Infirmary staged an unofficial walkout on Thursday of last week. They were protesting against changes to their pay under the government's Agenda for Change scheme-the biggest ever shake-up of pay and conditions in the NHS. Sunderland hospital is an "early implementer" site being used as a test-run for the government's plan. A week before the walkout, management started to send out letters to inform staff of their new pay bands.

Save manufacturing jobs

27 May 2004
AROUND 500 manufacturing workers marched through Birmingham on Saturday on a march called by the TGWU, GMB, Amicus and other trade unions. They were marching to protest against the decline of manufacturing industry. Contingents from Land Rover, Vauxhall, Alstom and other workplaces in the Midlands marched behind their union banners.


01 May 2004
HUNDREDS OF Hoover workers at the electrical goods factory in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, struck on Wednesday of last week over pay. The 24-hour stoppage by members of the Amicus union hit production of washing machines and tumble driers.

Sacked because of concerns for safety

20 March 2004
BUILDING BOSSES reacted with great sympathy when a group of scaffolders declined to work during the recent snow-they sacked them all. The 37 scaffolders, employed by NSS Industrial, were working on the Buxton Cement Works site. The workers, members of the Amicus union, downed tools when snow settled and they felt the site was not safe. One of the workers said, "Some of us have worked for two years on that job, doing up to seven days a week to keep the project on course for its completion date.

Workers' unity needed to fight these job cuts

13 March 2004
STRIKERS AT Metzeler's plant in Coalville, Leicestershire, held their sixth one-day strike on Monday over the company's pay offer. They were also planning to hold a vote over whether to continue the action. The 16 engineers have been fighting to wrestle a 73p an hour pay rise from the multinational company. They are in the Amicus union. Most of the 500 shop floor workers are in the TGWU union, who narrowly voted for the pay offer.

Health Workers

06 March 2004
MAINTENANCE workers at Preston and Chorley hospitals, Lancashire, took strike action on Monday of this week. The members of the Amicus union are fighting attacks on their pay and conditions. Under the government's "Agenda for Change", hospital workers are having their jobs evaluated.

Metzeler engineers

28 February 2004
"WE ARE making a stand for what we believe is right." That was how one worker at the Metzeler car components company in Coalville near Leicester described their battle over pay. The workers, members of the Amicus union, have held a one-day strike every Monday for the last four weeks.


21 February 2004
SIXTEEN maintenance engineers, members of the Amicus union, at the Metzeler company in Coalville, Leicestershire, are striking every Monday for a 73p an hour pay rise. This Monday was their third strike, and the workers are also implementing an overtime ban.

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